Elevator Pitch Contest for Southwest Virginia Entrepreneurs Announced by VT KnowledgeWorks Sponsor LeClairRyan

To Southwest Virginia Entrepreneurs from LeClairRyan:

Here's all about it: You've scouted the competition. You've scouted out ways to make your venture a success. Now it's time to apply for the LeClairRyan Southwest Virginia Connection for Originating Unique Technology (SCOUT) Award.

The SCOUT Award was created to recognize an entrepreneur or emerging business in Southwest Virginia that has a unique idea and is ready to evolve. If you have a business plan and are ready to seek angel or venture capital financing, the SCOUT Award may be for you. Every new venture needs someone to guide them through the common pitfalls that can end a good idea before it emerges. We’re here to be your scout.

Here's what you get: If you are selected as the recipient of the SCOUT Award, you will receive legal services estimated at $10k-$15k over a twelve month period (maximum of $3k per month). You will be able to choose from a list of services that can be found here.

Here's what to do: Go to the LeClairRyan Scout Award description to view the full details of the award program. Create an informative, entertaining 60-second video elevator speech and a 1-3 page executive summary of your venture, including all contact information. Then, submit them to [email protected] by December 4, 2009. Winner will be announced on January 12. Click here to determine if your venture qualifies.

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Simulating the opportunity to speak with someone briefly and intensely, at a busy NewVa Corridor Technology Council meeting, Handshake 2.0 asked Michael Drzal, Chair of the Venture Capital Practice Area Team and the Technology and Venture Capital Team at LeClairRyan about the main points to cover in a 60-second elevator pitch.


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LeClairRyan specialized in high-tech corporate law. LeClairRyan, a sponsor of VT KnowledgeWorks, is an entrepreneurial law firm that provides business counsel and client representation in matters of corporate law and high-stakes litigation.  It specializes in the founding of high-tech start-ups and the development of high-tech enterprises.

VT KnowledgeWorks is a unique growth enhancement program open to entrepreneurs in the New River Valley of Virginia and beyond.  Acceleration center and incubation facilities are located in the Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center in Blacksburg, Virginia

VT KnowledgeWorks sponsors include Attaain, Inc., BB&T, Handshake 2.0, Harris Office Furniture, Hodges, Jones & Mabry, P.C., Latimer, Mayberry & Matthews IP Law, LeClairRyan, Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) and The Becher Agency (TBA).

A version of this post first appeared in the Rackspace Tech Showcase on Handshake 2.0.

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